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Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) for all healthcare workers including volunteers

Written By: NAVSM

Policy announcement by the Department of Health and Social Care

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has formally announced (9
November) that individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be
fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than 1 April 2022 to protect patients,
regardless of their employer, including secondary and primary care.

The government regulations are expected to come into effect from 1 April 2022, subject
to parliamentary process. This means that unvaccinated individuals will need to
have had their first dose by 3 February 2022, in order to have received their second
dose by the 1 April 2022 deadline.

This government policy takes into account specific exemptions, including those who are
medically exempt; under 18 years of age; do not have contact with patients; or are a
participant in a clinical trial investigating COVID-19 vaccination. Further details on
exemptions will be detailed within the DHSC Code of Practice which the NHS is
expecting to be published imminently.

The policy applies to the first and second dose of
the COVID-19 vaccination, and not to boosters or the flu vaccination at this stage

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